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After making an exquisite one-man project with the Explore EP, Yoodoo Park—the twentysomething University of California Santa Cruz sophomore behind GRMLN—put together a small band with his brother Tae San Park on bass and friend Keith Frerichs on drums. The result is GRMLN's compact rocking debut album, Empire. This brilliant and concise collection of power pop shows how easy it can sound when a songwriter like Park doesn't try to do too much but lets the songs be what they are. His bandmates were there to add a simple rhythm section to help speed up the recording process, which took all of five days. The pop-punk sound here is much like a modest, toned-down Ramones (or Agent Orange, to keep a Southern California connection). Tunes such as "Teenage Rhythm," "Blue Lagoon," and "1993," all are safely less than three minutes, recalling the joy of young musicians finding their voices. "Cheer Up" is a '50s-styled ballad. "Dear Fear" ends the official album with an acoustic tune. However, this edition adds the bonus track "Bleed," which sounds more like the rainy-day Anglo-pop of The Clientele.

Customer Reviews

So good

These guys played at my high school and I thought they were really good live.

Every song sounds the same! should be 1 stars but im nice

Every song is either 2-3 minutes, and the first seven sound very very similar. Your first album was much better and fresher. The songs lost the catchiness and surf vibe. It sounds like alt rock without the indie edge. over and underproduced in certain areas. not memorable to me at least. I wished it was more chill tempo than fast surf punk like vibes like the first album. It lost the direction of the previous record. it could have expanded more from the roots of the first album while improving and gaining more popularity. I will be curious to see the third album, hopefully a better effort. Also the musical keys of most of the songs are the same, and cheer up sounds like a stand by me rip off haha. drum beats so similar.

pretty rad

emotional enough to keep me interested. good ol indie rock.


Formed: 2010

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The noise pop project of Yoodoo Park, GRMLN incorporates the sunny, easygoing feel of his Southern Californian upbringing with nostalgia for his Japanese roots (he was born in Kyoto and returns to Japan each summer). Choosing the name GRMLN to highlight this feeling of disconnection, Park began writing and recording songs in 2010, fitting in their creation between surfing and attending the University of California Santa Cruz. His debut EP, the dreamy Explore, arrived in October of 2012; by the time...
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